Last week I visited the Untermyer Gardens in Yonkers. I took the Metro North and walked up quite a hill to get there, and it was worth it! The gardens have really beautiful views. It is a small property compared to the botanical gardens I have been visiting, so it didn’t take long for me to see everything, but it’s the kind of place that makes you want to stop and stay awhile, I brought a book and enjoyed reading on benches throughout the gardens. There were a handful of succulents, but overall a nice mix of different plants (marigolds were in abundance when I visited). The architecture was beautiful (the water feature in the walled garden was a favorite). Some of the garden areas feel like ruins, with columns still standing, but their former states have been lost. The gardens are located in an unusual area, surrounded by medical buildings, but stepping into the walled garden you feel like you have entered into a very special place. The grounds have a lot of potential and I hope that the idea is to preserve as well as to rebuild some of the areas to their former states. A lovely day trip.